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♪ >> how low. i am llewellyn king, the host of "white house chronicle," which is coming right up, but first a few thoughts of my own. i always ride trains. i love trains. i have taken them across europe. i take a train to work every
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day. so, it is with sadness that i report to you that i cannot work up any enthusiasm for high-speed rally in the u.s. to expensive, we do not have the rights of way, and we have been left behind by the europeans, the japanese, and the chinese. however, i have had a most extraordinary experience recently, going from washington to new york on a bus for $19 and returned to washington for $15, which is $1 more than the old eastern shuttle, the first airplane to fly routinely that route. that was 20 years ago. we may not need fast trains. we need better trains on the tracks we have. the train that runs the same
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route that much more money can only do 150 hours per hour periodically. why do we need a train that can do two hundred hours per hour with new tracks, a new expense? three discovery of auto buses is not a bad idea. i have not written much on buses until i started fairly often going to new york. i could work on my computer. they stop for refreshments. there is a toilet. it is not your father's boss. it is a mark -- a wonderful example of the market at work, not these hugely subsidized ways of going back train for flying. this is the market producing a new way of getting to new york. it takes four hours. we should look at the use of bosses on inter-city routes that
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do not exceed 250 or 300 miles. we need better roads. we all benefit from that. with reluctance, i say we had better reexamine the beloved chuchu and go by bus. it is cheaper, and complete with wifi. we'll be right back with a wonderful program with some of the best journalists in washington discussing the events of the day -- to mulch was as they are. -- tumultuous as they are. >> many have spoken out on the need to transition to a clean energy future. at exxon, we are acting. by 2020 we are committed to reducing, offsetting, or displacing 300 metric tons, of gas emissions, helping customers reducing the emissions, and offering more low carbon electricity in the marketplace.
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exxon, we are taking action, and seeing the results. -- at exxon, we are taking -- exelon we are taking action in seeing the results. >> "white house chronicle" is produced in collaboration with whut, howard university television. now, your program host, nationally syndicated columnist llewellyn king, and co-host linda gasparello. captioned by the national captioning institute >> hello, again, and thank you for coming along toward i promise you a great panel, and here it is. linda gasparello. is it a bad hair day, or do you just wear a hat because it is distinctive? >> i wear it because it is distinctive, both tied one. >> you have me, don't you. that, or plastic surgery.
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i cannot afford plastic surgery. i am glad to have on the program for the first time alexis simendinger, a white house correspondent for realclearpolitics, a desolate escalating website of political writing that is really taking over washington. everyone seems to read it. what is the secret of your success? >> we have a great information, a lot of it -- a lot of it, and one-stop shopping. >> you mean you can cover the whole -- we cover politics, markets, and sports. >> i should cancel my daily newspaper subscription? >>? i love this tippers. >> and, from "the washington post and access to the head of syndication from the washington post, i am so glad to help al leeds. how is print going?
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>> it is challenging. on your maastricht, ron paul would tell you that the -- on your bus trip, ron paul would tell you the shuttle said still cost $14 add >> you are not going to tell me about "the washington post." all right. it is not traditional for newspapers to be produced in secret, but if you wanted that way, that is fine with me. and, for the first time on the broadcast we have jared rizzi, the white house correspondent for sirius xm radio on the potus channel, which is 124, a channel so enlightened that it has me on every friday, and has the audio of this show every saturday starting at 9:30 a.m.. welcome to the broadcast did >> thank you. >> alexis, these are tumultuous times, are they not? you have covered many presidents.
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at this point in the presidency, is obama doing better or worse? >> well, in any conversation i have had about the white house, and any conversation you hear the white house have been among them selves, you hear them talking about how the president cannot get a break, and the events of the times seem overwhelmingly negative -- the economy, the situation around the world, the state of anxiety in the american public. the president took a job approval numbers, our unemployment numbers. there is nothing the president is sure of going in a upward trajectory. everything is in a storm of unsettled questions. >> what do you feel about the republican contenders? does anyone of them appeal to you, alexis? >> as a reporter, they all appeal to your part >> if they do not all appeal to you per >> that is my story, and i am sticking with it. [laughter]
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>> i welcome the entertainment value, as well as the information at some of the debates. there will be many more of these. i think it is terrific to listen to a discussion of policy. i am for that any day of the week. >> linda, do you not think it would be nice if we had a debate that was a debate like the university debating societies? >> you are so old fashioned. you are right. would be better. >> these are interrogations' by reporters, in the case of the last debate, by google people. it does not seem very satisfactory. >> it seems to be very episodic, does it not? we are getting pulsed information from these candidates, and it tends to be practiced. look at rick perry. he really had trouble with what was on his paper.
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he could not quite get it out. >> it seems presidential candidates from texas have a difficulty with the language. >> it seems that way. >> i wrote a column about taxes and rick perry and i got many abusive letters, not because i attacked rick perry, but because they thought i attacked the culture. >> u.s. attacked the manhood of texas. he said it was a myth. >> i did not say the manhood. i said the culture was rudimentary. >> you mess with texas? >> i have had wonderful times, when i was the publisher of "the energy daily" i was frequently in texas. and they treated me well. jared rizzi, what do you think? >> the campaign is in a strange place because the president does
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not want to tell people he is campaigning. he almost does not want to admit it, even when he is at the united nations, talking to people, saying you need to do this, lecturing other foreign leaders, and i am sure some of his tone gets lost in the translation, but even when he is there he does not want to admit that he needs these people for the things they can give him, and he needs the electorate. he is at the u.n., or in ohio, in cincinnati, try to talk to people about jobs. the press secretary has said he is campaigning for jobs, but will not admit that he is campaigning for his own job. in order to get excitement about him again, he needs to embrace that. >> i think the president seems to be much happier campaigning than when he is talking at a press conference in the white house. these are different people.
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we go to these press conferences where he is not very comfortable, and he is not very comfortable when he does the announcements in the rose garden, but he seems to be comfortable on the stump. why should he not campaign? >> when he died in the first time, i did not think he liked -- when he got in the first time, i did not think he liked campaigning, but maybe it is all but appeared >> the roar of the crowd appeared >> yes, and the polls show that his -- but maybe it is all relative. >> door of the crowd. >> yes, and the polls show that they like his single policies, but they do not approve of the economy, where he is -- not what he is trying to do to fix it. >> one of the things that is important is that a criticism has been that he is not been able to explain what his agenda
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is -- to develop a narrative of what his policies are supposed to be good. if going outside of washington offers people a chance to hear him in a specific campaign-style explain what they are trying to do, that is probably all for the good to penetrate with the electorate, even if he is talking directly with reporters, it is a plus that could get media attention. that is what the white house is after. it is a combination of the campaign, a joy that he feels, as you say, aurora of the cloud -- the roar of the crowd, and also the chance to explain. >> he has also said that he does not defend his -- is also said among reporters that he does not defend his own positions or exalted successes. i agree with alexis. we do not see it when he is campaigning. >> why does he not do this in
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washington? how hard you think it is to do it in washington. >> i do not think it is hard to defend your policies. >> i think it actually is because of a very acrimonious situation we have on the hill right now. he oftentimes does not have the backing of his own party. >> that does not prevent him from explaining his own position. he will not telos often what he wants a piece of legislation, -- tell us often what he wants in a piece of legislation, which is true in the health care. why this duality, that he will talk on the stump. what do you think, el? >> i agree with linda. >> agree with linda will not help you. >> in this case, it is not a skippable. >> his travels show his efforts to take it to the people. as you are suggesting, if you did not have this warm audience in the city in which you are
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working predominately, take it somewhere else. >> it reflects very positively courage no-space you have the support in the country, which he capped -- de -- it reflects very positively. it shows you have the support in the country. they are fighting among each other. his relationship with them and often in his party is very strange. >> one wonders if there is not the same tension in the white house that this may affect his demeanor around the white house, which does not seem to be as confident as it is when he is out of town. >> would you be confident if you woke up every morning and you look at the headlines? we are looking at a world of wall. the unemployment numbers, the job numbers, the situation
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around the world, the lack of appreciation for the institutions of government, uncertainty, the lack of confidence, the business community complaining. >> i agree. i think he could do a lot more. something's our perception. perception is not reality, but some things are perception. if he sounded as though he was more prada and said these are great achievements, which she does when he is out of town. is a perplexing situation. i am going to take a moment to identify for our radio listeners this is "white house chronicle" coming to you from washington, d.c., with myself, llewellyn king, and a panel of linda gasparello of this program, alexis simendinger, white house correspondent for realclearpolitics, al leeds of "the washington post," and al leeds of the potus channel, 124, on sirius xm radio.
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we're also seeing around the world on the english-language stations of voice of america. you also have a shelf for a new station toward >>, oxford community television in michigan, we are happy they have come a long. >> good. hello, michigan. is there any good news in michigan? >> the auto industry is back. >> those are the better-paying ones, and american cars are very good these days. the problem actually is that all cars are very good. it is outstanding. you are too long to remember. i happen to know you do not own a car, but i hope your fortunes improve soon. >> i am very proud to not have entered >> you manage to have an adequate dating life. >> i do not want to go that far. i do not want to pretend i'm something that i am not. >> dating? [laughter]
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>> is wonderful to have the freedom of not having the anchor of a payment, and we live in a city that has great public transportation. high of live in cities have great public transportation -- i have lived in cities that have great public transportation and this is one of them. he loves auto buses. >> i am a recent convert. a friend of mine who is quite bill has had such bad experience with the trains and getting a wheelchair, etc., that she now finds it easier to have a friend take her to the boss, and somebody need her without some of the difficulties. i liked the train, because you could walk around, and once upon a towtime they were really romantic. there was a train that ran through france. it had hairdressers, various restaurants. it was a moving city debt ran between. and marseille -- a moving city
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that ran between marseilles and paris foreign policy. we discussed the president domestically, and come up with nothing. we had this both in the united nations where essentially we -- we had this vote in the united nations where we essentially finessed the matter of palestinians getting a seat and be recognized as the state. some commentators have said this is a mistake. mostly, commentators have stayed with the idea that the u.s. was correct to oppose palestinian expectations here. what do you think? >> i think this is one issue that the republicans will try to hammer obama on the in the election, especially if the nominee is rick perry, mitt romney, or michele bachmann.
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>> why would they hammer him? >> his earlier mentions of the idea of the borders, and going back to old borders, and that israel is one of those issues where it is a black and white, 100% thing, and if you show any weakness in the eyes of israel supporters, it could be used against you for sure. >> linda gasparello, you are an arab speaker. >> i would say that the president might have panicked. i really do. i think it was very important, it is very important that the palestinians leave with something. one of the reasons they should leave with something is to avert a possible intifada. and intifada now would be much more bloody than it was the last time around because things now, due to the arab spring are much more in flux.
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during the last intifada, we had the help with egypt, syria was out of the question, preoccupied. now what we have is a much more dangerous situation with hamas that would take advantage of this on the southern border with egypt. we would have hezbollah, which would take huge advantage of this, which would be fine with syria because it would take a little bit of the pressure that syria has come a lot of the pressure, with putting down its dissidents on them. the fact is that what a resolution would have done for the palestinians -- it would have given them the state cut. remember, they have been wandering in the political wilderness for 62 years. they do deserve something. they deserve a state. israel, yes, deserves security. >> israel does deserve the they
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stop the rocket attacks. >> yes, of course, and we can help in all of that, but the state would -- a resolution would give the palestinians a right to statehood. it would be up to them to negotiate what that meant. this is where we fell down, because it would open the door to negotiations, and we have lost that door to negotiations right now. >> alexis? >> i was listening carefully to what you are saying because i think the next step is the important step and that is if the president and the united states feel strongly that negotiations have to take place, to what extent is anything that happened this week going to prevent that from happening, or what is the next step? i've left watching this week wondering what the next step will be.
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>> i wonder what the game plan is, too. if the palestinians leave without anything, they could take the resolution to the general assembly and get a vote for nonmembers status in the general assembly, which would be something, a symbolic thing. then, i think, a negotiation could happen. it would give them enough confidence to mideast the process again with the israelis. -- to maybe start the process again with the israelis. what the president did, like i said, i do not see where that leads to rekindling a peace process that does not exist anymore. i think the resolution would have been the path, the door to a negotiation. >> the door is very important. if you do not give some concessions in a country, it
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could lead to revolution, or in this case intifada. the geography is changing. there are large countries involved. iran, possibly turkey. >> this is what i mean. it is more dangerous for israel. >> at think the right wing addiction to israel right or wrong is not substantially in israel's interest. it reminds me of things i saw happen in africa, things that did not have a good end, including my homeland, the zimbabwe. it is often a precursor to very serious problems. you have to be flexible in these things, and the palestinians need something. it is a swiss cheese of settlements. >> right. >> certainly, they're much to blame. >> they recognize that, too.
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as i said, this was an opportunity. >> i do not hear anything from the prime minister, who we both met, has anything but we can hang tough for all time, as the south african government once thought. >> he has less and less of a good answer to the country's debt to dissipate in the air and spring seeing their populations rise up and do something good. do not forget, the palestinians are his people. they are citizens. >> you mean the palestinians in israel? >> that is what i'm saying. collectively, whether they are citizens of the country of israel, or whether they are living there, they are not thinking about it with that bifurcation at all.
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to give the group collectively no answer -- >> the israeli arabs, the israeli citizens, are in a difficult position they cannot express a lack of solidarity. we have come to a wall of our own. it is time for our high notes and all low notes. linda gasparello, out of the middle east and into the studio. >> into the art studio. my high note is some wonderful paintings that a friend of ours has done, one which depicts "we" instead ofn with a warfare. she is very talented, very whimsical, and this is the time that we need whimsey and art. >> that as her other one. >> debt is marie antoinette. >> wonderful paintings.
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alexis? >> i have a low note, which was carefully listening to the president in new york at the u.n. talking to other world leaders, and all of them on the sidelines talking of the global economy and the eurozone. i think we are on the tipping point here of something. i am watching and listening carefully to the concerns that are being expressed globally and in europe. >> of this money in the world and none of it on the right side of the ledger. >> seriously, we would be touched in the united states and europe starts to go down. >> al leeds? >> including gary johnson in the recent republican debate, a libertarian who was actually practiced libertarianism, not just talk about it like ron paul and tea party ears, he was the governor of mexico, and cut
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regulations, taxes, and spending. with rick santorum at 2% and come up and jon huntsman at 1.4%, why not include ron johnson? >> i think they should. >> i will end with a low note. in a week where we saw three executions in the states, all of them with severe consequences, and racial overtones, no mention in the republican debate, and this is a republican debate that just last week or two weeks ago had people cheering the number of executions in a state. >> that is our show for the day. we will be back next week. meanwhile, have a great time. all the best. cheers. ♪
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>> many have spoken out on the need to transition to a clean energy future. at exelon we are acting, committed to displacing or reducing more than 1500 metric tons of gas emissions through helping customers reduce emissions, and offering more low carbon electricity in the marketplace. we are taking action, and we are seeing results. >> "white house chronicle" is produced in collaboration with whut, howard university television. from washington, d.c., this has been "white house chronicle," a weekly analysis of the news with a sense of humor featuring llewellyn king, linda gasparello, and guests.
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White House Chronicles
WETA September 25, 2011 9:00am-9:30am EDT

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